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AICCU Turns 60!

March 3, 2015

AICCU Turns 60!

2015 marks the 60th Anniversary of AICCU. We want to thank all o …

May 14, 2015

Statement by the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities Regarding the Governor’s Revised Budget Proposal Regarding Cal Grant Program

Today, the Governor released the revised 2015-16 budget, and we are disappointed to see that the revision continues to reflect an 11.3% reduction to student financial aid via the Cal Grant program, for California students who will be attending the state’s private, nonprofit sector of higher education. Cal Grants go to deserving students, who often overcome significant odds to apply, qualify, and attend a college or university. Over 63% of the sector’s Cal Grant students are first-generation college students and over two-thirds are ethnically underrepresented among college graduates.
If we want to close the achievement gap in higher education, help students reach their higher education goals and contribute to long-term health of the California economy, we must continue to support this s …

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AICCU Alumni Spotlight Series – Veteran Ben Holmes,  National University

March 18, 2015

AICCU Alumni Spotlight Series – Veteran Ben Holmes, National University

Ben Holmes is a First Sergeant with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force – and a stellar example of how the right college can help a person realize their potential and turn a dream into reality.  He has two Purple Hearts, has been deployed six times (including three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan), was a Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego, and – thanks to National University – has a BA History, a …

March 4, 2015

OP-ED: Don’t forget about private colleges in higher education debate

California faces both a tremendous challenge and an exciting opportunity to ensure that every academically qualified student has access to a higher education.
Rarely a day goes by that we don’t read about soaring student debt, disinvestment in public universities, enrollment limits or the debate among legislative leaders about the constitutional autonomy of the University of California system.
Often overlooked, however, are California’s private nonprofit colleges and universities, a vital sector of the state’s higher education system that is prepared to take on a larger role. Tuesday, hundreds of students and university leaders will be at the state Capitol for our annual lobbying day.
Private colleges account for more than 20 percen …

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